Well, it’s a rematch from a few years back and everyone’s been sucking Eli Manning’s you know what since he’s won all his games on the road and since he beat Tom Brady and his Pats in the regular season and it the previous Superbowl. Before I tell you who I know is going to win, I want to put to rest one issue. That being whether or not Eli has passed Peyton Manning on who the better quarterback is. Let me tell you something, Peyton is hands down the best quarterback in the family. If Peyton Manning had the defense that Eli Manning had, Peyton would have won 4 Superbowls. Don’t come at me with Dwight Freeney. The Giants have had the best front 4 in the league for at least 4 years. They have a running game which Peyton never had. OK, time to move on to the big game. Picking this one is easy. The rule is that if you beat a team in the regular season, you lose to them in the playoffs. Hence, the Pats will take this. Look for G-men to be overconfident and get lit up early by Tom and his merry band of men. I know that Pats have a worse defense but their running game has picked up recently and we all know that Tom Brady is, well, Tom Brady. Not that much insight in this article but I’m telling you, take the Pats. Watch the game at home or even head out to the game. Surprisingly enough, it’s not sold out.
NY Giants at Green Bay Packers -7: The Giants’ bubble will burst this weekend. No way will Eli repeat last week’s performance, especially on the frozen tundra. Ryan Grant’s first playoff game jitters are outta the way, Brett Farve’s destined to go to the Superbowl and take down the Pats. This is a no-brainer.
San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots -14: Don’t get fooled by the big spread. The Chargers are hurting in the RB, QB, and most every other position. The Pats are gonna spank L.T. and his crew for talking smack after last season’s playoff loss. Major ass-whoopin’ coming up.
How do you go up 14-0, then get blown away 42-20? I don’t know, but ask the Seattle Seahawks. Just as I predicted, the Seahawks sucked it up against the Green Bay Packers. Sure, after the first quarter I thought I was gonna hear it from you guys, but the overrated ‘hawks revealed their ugly heads again. A 42-6 run by the Pack and, well, thanks for coming. I wish my fantasy team was still going, b/c Ryan Grant and his 201 yds, 3 td performance would have helped. I’m 5-0 so far in playoffs, not that I’m bragging or anything. Next up for the Pack, the winner of the Cowboys/Giants game… Next up for the ‘hawks, Havasu or Mexico…
OK, so my regular season didn’t go so well. But the post-season is where I step up. I’m a clutch players, everyone around me knows that, or at least I’m sure they’re thinking it. But without any further delay, here are my picks for this upcoming playoff weekend. I’m feeling good about these.
Redskins @ Seahawks -3.5: Seattle is one of the toughest places to play. The Seahawks have been flying under the radar the whole season. Their passing game is solid and can put up some major points. I can’t see the ‘skins hanging offensively with the ‘hawks. Take the home team.
Jaguars -2.5 @ Steelers: The only home team to be an underdog. Call me crazy, but I like the Steelers. There’s no way that they get beat at home twice in the same season. The cold weather will have an effect on those guys from the south. Look for Ben and Co. to surprise all…
Giants @ Buccaneers -3: NY is playing well. They are a good team. Their offensive is clicking even without Shockey. As long as Manning doesn’t throw the game away, they have a chance to win. Bucs have a hard time putting up points. Take the Giants with the points, don’t get crazy and go for the money line.
Titans @ Chargers -9: Chargers beat the Titans in Tennessee during the regular season. Vince’s quad is hurting and will affect his mobility. Norv Turner has finally learned that L.T.=win. Look for the Chargers to pound and give the Titans a big dose of L.T. Take San Diego with the points.
So the Patriots’ tear through the NFL continued on Sunday as they ripped apart the Miami Dolphins. Yawn… They face the New York Giants on Saturday, on simulcast, as the fans have spoken!!! That’s cool. I’m kinda excited as it’s nice for records to be set in your lifetime. But heed my warning fellow football fans, the records does not mean diddly if they don’t win the Superbowl. That’s right. Going 16-0, perfect season and then getting bounced in the playoffs would make the Pats mortal again. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think anyone has a chance to beat them (sorry Colts) but still, now they have to face the goods of the NFL. With that said, ’72 Dolphins better put that champagne to better use, like a New Years celebration, b/c it ain’t coming out this year.
It’s time to give this guy some props. Eli “the other” Manning, quarterback of the New York Giants, Archie’s other son, has quietly put together a solid year. He came off a 24 touchdown season last year, and is now on pace for 26 this year. After losing the first 2 games of the season, Eli has led his Giants to 6 straight, and second place in the NFC East. It’s time for this guy to step out of his brother’s shadow, and lead this Giants team to at least the NFC Championship game. Anything less would and should be considered a failure. Let’s go Eli, there’s a reason I drafter you on my fantasy team. P.S. put a shirt on buddy!!!
Giants vs Falcons. Eli Manning vs Joey Harrington. Two teams, two quarterbacks, two very different directions. Monday night football summed everything up, with the New York Giants pounding the hapless Atlanta Falcons 31-10, for their fourth consecutive victory. Manning, although throwing two interceptions, was 27-of-39 for 303 yards, his most since a 312-yard performance against the Cowboys in Week 1. Amani Toomer became the Giants all-time leading receiver and Plaxico Burress had another TD catch giving him 8 for the year, tying him with Randy Moss for the league lead. Harrington on the other hand was 18-of-39 for 209 yards. He lost 28 yards on sacks and the Falcons managed only 159 yards and nine first downs over the final three quarters, most of them coming after the Giants already had put the game away. In fairness to Jospehine, he was pressured all game and hit the turf a number of times… not a good time to be a Falcons fan.